James 1 Vs 1 - 12 - The purpose of Tests
Vs 2: Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.
Vs 3- 4: Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Ouch! Its one thing to acknowledge that being tested is something to be counted as joy! You could even say, "I must be on the right path for the devil to test me so." Patience is a whole other issue. Had I read this a few days ago my weekend may not have been so catastrophic. I would have though this "testing" through and been patient (I can only hope I'd be :) ) and waited on the Lord to bring good out of it! Instead - I exploded - out of hurt, frustration, failed expectations! The devil knows exactly which buttons to push! But I should KNOW that he is going to press buttons, right?!
Vs 5 - 6: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him. (6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting....
So, don't ask for wisdom if you don't mean it. But if you do mean it - God says He gives liberally.
V12: Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
We can't escape temptation, but God's word says He gives us a way to deal with it, He says we won't be tempted beyond what we are able and when we endure, He promises a crown of life! What a blessing to hold out for!
My encouragement to you is to endure and push through those trials and temptations for the word also says - Joy comes in the morning."
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